Poteau, OK, United States | Member Since 2008
I am assuming this book is a series? This book starts off in the middle of action without a shred of what the heck is going on. This, in itself, is not problematic, but the fact that it never stops and continues without any foundational elements makes it quite boring. Even with evil, "unwholesome" creatures lurking everywhere, it is not interesting because there hasn't been any character development. Also, the audio is like Dirty Harry reading every line. This is annoying, especially when someone looks around and the text says "there was nothing there", but it is read as though imminent danger is upon them. I would avoid this one. Hope this helps. Later.
Please DO NOT look up this book on Wikipedia before reading it! It will dilute the impact of the story. Trust me! I haven't read such a lengthy novel since World Without End and this is comparable. The time frame spans around 200 years. This story gives the reader a renewed perspective of slavery and racism and heightens our sensitivity to the issue. The narrator did a superb job handling the African accents as they transformed into American southern accents. There were some harsh interjections of historical accounts that felt forced, but added to the situation. I listened comfortably on 1.5X speed. Overall, I wouldn't hesitate to use a credit on this one. If any of this review helped, please click YES below. Later.
I knew this was at least a movie in the 50's or 60's, so I thought I would give it try, but boy was I surprised at the content. It is centered around the life and actions of an 18 year old woman who is unrestrained in her expression of language and sexuality. What I would've thought was highly taboo when this piece was written is clearly celebrated by the young woman... and questionably by the author. Constant references (and sometimes discussion) on dykes, lesbians and other controversial issues were plastered on my ear drums from the mouth of the young lady. To me, this was unnecessary and may be something the author felt like expressing, but I was caught off guard by only reading the publisher's summary. It actually sounds interesting. The narrator does a good job and I listened comfortably at 1.5X speed. If any of my review helped, please click YES below.Later.
Once, I was very sick in college and couldn't sleep for several nights. I had one channel whose programming went off at 10 pm... but I had Lonesome Dove VHS tapes! I bet I watched that movie 5 times that week! I haven't watched the movie since then (20 yrs ago), but will soon as a result of reading this book. Here is something that you might want to consider before getting the Audible version: The narrator does a superb job in distinguishing the voices of the characters and really sounds a lot like Gus and Call from the movie, which made it enjoyable. However, while the narrator was excellent, the audio quality was pretty poor. Gus, who we are told has a loud voice, is recorded at a louder volume than most of the other reading. This creates too much difference between the quiet narration and the loud and detracts somewhat from the story. It is not a deal breaker though. I listened at 1.25X speed to retain the narrators accents, but you could listen comfortably at a faster speed if you need to. I definitely think you should use a credit right now. If any of my review helped, please click 'YES' below. I hope this helps. Later.
Why the heck did it take 12 chapters before the main characters reunited?! I'm setting here, hour after hour, chapter after chapter, waiting on something to get started. It is 20 chapters in before anything suspenseful takes place. It's not that the entire book is a flop, but good gosh, I'm use to books throwing you under a train in the first few chapters! It's a lot of character development in the first part and it's slow, but you will eventually get there. I did like how the author injected flashbacks of the women's childhood so you get the anchoring event of the story from different perspectives. I'm not sure how I feel about how the book ended... I am left somewhat unsatisfied. There is a lot of vulgar language in this, which was a bit too much in my opinion. Also, the English accent is very heavy and distracting until you get used to it. Please listen to the sample audio like I should have. I listened comfortably at 1.5X speed. This is my 100th book review on Audible! Yay me! I hope this helps someone. If so, click YES below. Later.
I want to enjoy this book because of the historical account, but I just can't get into it. Because of the need to tie into actual historical events, it is too weighted with raw historical data and that imposes on the character development. Those inserts read like they are being read from Wikipedia. It just didn't work for me. Also, the narration was okay, but the recording wasn't. You often hear mouth noises and exhalations. Listen to the audio sample. I was able to follow on 1.5X speed. I hope this helps someone. If it helped you, click the YES button below. Later.
I have not seen the classic movie yet, but am looking forward to it. I love the clear representation of the 20's & 30's. You can tell it is actually written during those times and not a modern story about those times. Because of the era, I was kind of surprised at the foul language, even though it is a crime novel. It is not excessive as many contemporary books contain. There is not a lot of blood and gore as you might guess, and not a lot of depth to the mystery. There simply was nothing at risk to the reader. The suspense is not on par with the movies and books of today either. The characters didn't have time to be developed and the descriptions were limited and you really didn't care too much about any of them. All that being said, I loved how the protagonist had his way with all those around him. He said what he wanted and had the guts to go into the fire to solve his case. Not sure it is worth a credit. I got it on the Deal of the Day sale. The narration was great and made it an enjoyable listen. I was able to keep up fine on 2X speed so you can listen in half the time. I hope this helps someone. If any of my review helped you, please click YES below. Later.
I am not opposed to anyone writing their points of view on just about anything, but I didn't find this appealing. I wanted to be able to say I had read some Emerson and this came up on the deal of the day, so I grabbed it. It's probably my lack of study in the literary arts and spoken word that help me to my conclusion, but there it is. I simply disagree with him on most of his points in this text. I find it healthy to read material I might disagree with and enjoy it most of the time, but I would pass on this and not spend a credit on it. I listened comfortably at 1.5X speed and the narration was fine.
Although an avid reader, I am not a student of literary art and perhaps that is why I feel I didn't find most of these stories very interesting? I understood what was happening, but it just didn't command my attention as a lot of stories do. I feel like any of these short stories could have been written by a high school prose student. To me, there wasn't anything exceptional about the stories themselves. After reading about the author and her personal struggles, I can see where one might find some interest in her work. It is considered a classic and I have now read it, so I will move on. She felt somewhat feministic and the theme of second marriage is repetitive. The narration was good and I listened comfortably at 1.5X speed. I would not spend a credit on this, but I picked up on the deal of the day. I hope this helps. Later.
Not knowing anything about this book, I got it on the deal of the day. I assumed it was a classic and I do remember a movie from the 80's making me think it was a classic. I was wrong. It was published in 1982. After about half way through the book, I got the suspicion that it wasn't really about a struggle with racism in the south, but a treatise on why women should despise men. From Sofia to Celie to Shug, the female characters have so much animosity toward men that even God, as a father, gets questioned. Also, it is apparent that some of the women despise their children and act as though they are a burden in life, this felt feminist to me. And to top it off, a huge lesbian relationship is the central relationship of the entire book... again, because the men in the book do not satisfy. There is vulgar language and explicit sexual immorality. I can say I have read this, but would not recommend it or use a credit on it. One thing that was really good was the narration, which was done by the author. It was excellent. I listened comfortably at 2X speed. I hope this helps someone. Later.
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